5 I 8 AMERICAN MOLES Their principal food consists of earthworms, and it out of place to quote Topsail's quaint account of the the annelids : " When the wormes are followed by n digging and heaving they foreknow their owne pei fly to the superficies and very toppe of the earth, th knowing that the molde, their adversary, dare not f< into the liglit, so that their wit in flying their enen than in turning agaizie when they are troade upo lately been saidx that Moles store up earthworms f< tiou during the winter, biting off their heads to pi crawling away. Seal ops, an American genus, is a Mole-like creatur aquatic habits, as its webbed hind-feet show; it has a tail. Apparently, like the Shrews, it has no lower ca Condi/lura, another American genus, is called th< Mole on account of a curious .radiating structure at the snout. JMfyogctle, the Desman, is still more aquatic in connects the Moles with the Shrews, though, as in r former, it has lower canines. It has webbed hind-feet tail. One species occurs in the Pyrenees, the other in few other genera (Urotrichus, Uropsiliis, Sca/ptoTi'i/m, Scapasius, J?erascalo%>s) belong to the same family. Fam. 9. Soricidae.—The true Shrews have a r range than other families of the present order. In the region are found jSforese, Orossopus, OTocidiircL^ Nectogo. rogale. The first is also ISTearctic, and reaches Centr In the Ethiopian region is the single peculiar genus M Orocidura occurs there also. JBlarina and JWotiosoreoc are in range ; Soriculus Oriental. CVoc'idfo'm, ^Lmirosoreac, a Togale also enter this region. Screw has teeth tipped -v colour, its dental formula being, according to Mr. ^ recent researches, I ^-^—3 C -J- Pin ^- M -§-= 3 2 or 34. As compared "with other Insectivores, therefore, remarkable fact found throughout the family is the abt lower canines. In addition to this the genus may b< th© family indeed—-by the large size of the first pair In. the above formula it is possible, thinks Mr. Woo< /fcliere mn,y "be errors; lie is not certain whether th 1 Rltsema Bos, Bivl. Centralbl. xviii. 1898, T>. GB.